11
Feb

Land Use Legislation on the Move

This week was very active with several bills being heard in committee and several moving on to the next stage of the process.  The annexation-related bills discussed in last week’s blog were both voted out of the House Local Government Committee (HB 1357 and HB 1598) although HB 1357 was significantly amended.  The amendment included removal of the exemption piece which

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4
Feb

Making Progress on Annexations – Perhaps…

A discussion regarding improvements to current annexation procedures has been ongoing throughout the early parts of this session. It hit a fever pitch this week as two bills received public hearings. The first bill, HB 1357/SB 5249, would make it easier for unincorporated “islands” to be annexed by cities by removing certain requirements including the ability for residents within the

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28
Jan

Give Me Liberty!

Week two of the session finished strong with “GMA Day” in the Senate Local Government Committee.  Six separate bills were heard on Thursday. WSAC provided testimony on each of the proposals, supporting SB 5193, opposing SB 5194, and supporting SB 5242, SB 5243, SB 5245 and SB 5259. Simultaneously, SB 5284 was heard by the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions, Economic Development, and Trade.  This bill, titled “Smoke Detection Devices”,

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22
Jan

GMA Front & Center in the Senate

It’s easy to know the 2019 legislative session is in full swing by all the new (and some old and familiar) land use bills being proposed in both houses and by both parties. This week included the obligatory Growth Management Act (GMA) repeal (HB 1214) to go along with the GMA opt-out (HB 1051) that was pre-filed. While neither of

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